Nenamja Matić, whose contract at Manchester United runs out next summer (for now), to Inter continues to rumble on in Italy.
We’ve covered stories in Corriere dello Sport twice this month already, and now it’s Calciomercato who bring their twist to it, looking at how Scott McTominay has managed to push the Serbia international to one side at Old Trafford.
The Scot has become a trusted starter for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and, despite the number of injuries currently in the squad, Matić remains firmly benched.
This has led to speculation of a potential January exit, and Antonio Conte would ‘gladly re-embrace’ the defensive midfielder after their spell together at Chelsea, already giving his approval should Giuseppe Marotta and Piero Ausilio manage to put something together.
A few ‘pitfalls’ stand in their way, however, namely the problem of compensating Manchester United, as ‘it’s never easy to deal with Premier League clubs’.
While that problem could be ‘overcome with diplomacy’, the second and more complicated issue is Matić’s wages of €7.5m/year post tax.
Their solution to this issue could be a longer contract with a lower wage, spreading the cost over many years (they suggest three), which the player could accept barring interest from wealthier clubs, like in China.
As Calciomercato put it, Conte has ‘said yes’ and the Serbian now ‘waits’.